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March 17, 2003

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330
Assistant to Professor Bobbitt: Jennifer Lamar (512) 474-6460
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Bobbitt on Short List for Prestigious Ross Book Award

2003 Arthur Ross Book Award honors the best books on international affairs

AUSTIN, Texas The Council on Foreign Relations announced that The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History by University of Texas School of Law professor Philip Bobbitt is one of three books considered for the second annual Arthur Ross Book Awards for the best books on international affairs.

The Council recognized The Shield of Achilles for examining history to see how much the world has changed over the past generation. "This study of history over the past six centuries focuses on the interplay between conflict, international affairs, and the concept of the state, and how that has led to the contemporary transformation of the nation-state into a "market-state." "

Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World (Random House) and Samantha Power's A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (Basic Books) are also on the short list.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, their Arthur Ross Book Award is the largest U.S. award for a book on international affairs. It was endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001 "to honor non-fiction works, in English or in translation, that merit special attention for: bringing forth new information that can change our understanding of events or problems; developing analytical approaches that allow new and different insights into a key issue; or providing new ideas to help resolve foreign policy problems."

The jury includes such experts as Stanley Hoffmann of Harvard University and Robert W. Kagan, a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The jury will meet on April 30 to determine the winner of this year's award. The honoree will be honored at a dinner at the Council in New York in June.

Bobbitt is considered one of the nation's leading constitutional theorists. His interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. He has published five additional books: Constitutional Interpretation (1991), Democracy and Deterrence (1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (1989), Constitutional Fate (1982), Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (1978).

Bobbitt is a member of the American Law Institute, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has served as Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London.

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Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History